Airtel is India’s fastest internet service provider, reveals Netflix data. Although the speed is actually on the lower side at 2.25 mbps, it is also the actual speed that people get while using an actual service. In that ways, it is different from the speed tests in which the internet service providers often cheat. Airtel beats Reliance Communications and BSNL to get the top position.
Reliance Communications with 1.81 mbps speed stands at the eight position while BSNL with 1.09 mbps is the last amidst the list of 13 internet service providers in the country.
Airtel is followed by Spectranet, which has an average speed of 2.10Mbps. The 7 Star Digital stands on the third position with 2.06 mbps while ATRIA Convergence Technologies (ACT) fibrenet is fourth on the list with 2.00 Mbps. At number five in the list is Hathway, followed by YOU Broadband and D-VoiS.
Although there is no denying that Airtel is top in the Netflix list, the speed with which it gets that position is not exactly something to be too proud of. In fact compared to the speed in December, Airtel’s speed has gone down according to Netflix. In December Airtel had an average speed of 2.33mbps. But that month Spectranet beat Airtel by notching up the speed of 2.34mbps.
At the same time, the whole list is actual a sad statement on the India’s all internet service providers. Even countries like Philippines and Brazil have speeds that are better than what Netflix users in India get. In comparison to India’s poor internet speed of 2.25mbps, Brazil has the highest internet speed of 3.32 mbps while in Canada it is 3.62. In Japan, the highest speed recorded is of 4.22 mbps.
In fact, Indian consumers not only have to face low internet speeds while accessing a service like Netflix but also have to deal with issues arising from Fair Use Policy and throttling. Fair Use Policy, that limits the internet connections in India — the practice is followed by all internet service providers although old ones like Airtel and BSNL score poorly on this account — makes accessing a service like Netflix particularly bothersome in India.
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